A new town first established in 1970, Telford is actually made up of a number of smaller towns but has its own large city centre today. Nowadays, people mainly come here to work, but there happens to be a number of important historical sites which have played a major role in the development of the town and the whole of Shropshire. The countryside surrounding Telford is well worth exploring, while the old towns of Wellington, Madeley, Donnington, Ironbridge and Dawley each have their own charms, containing a number of pubs and bars as well as a few independent shops. Telford is a well-connected town, being a short drive away from Birmingham to the east.
For driving in the suburbs and towns, a small car is best for the job. They would also be useful if trying to park on the streets if visiting Wellington or Ironbridge.
Driving in Telford
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Important things to note
The M54 and A5 are the main routes heading in and out of Telford. The M54 in particular is prone to heavy traffic during early mornings and weekday evenings.
Parking in the town centre varies price-wise. In some of the retail parks, you can park for free for a certain amount of time.
In towns such as Wellington and Madeley, parking is a little trickier. Be prepared to bide your time on weekends before finding a good space.
Highlights & Hotspots
Known for being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the village of Ironbridge is also a World Heritage Site. The village gets its name from being the first place to have its own bridge made from iron, while there are plenty of museums detailing the village’s history at that time.
The Wrekin, a hill situated near Wellington, is a major local landmark. The hill is home to what remains of a Bronze Age fort, while it offers some pretty good views of the many suburbs of Telford on a clear day.
Telford Town Centre is seen as a major regional shopping destination. The indoor shopping mall is a good place to pick up a bargain or two, while there’s also a cinema, theatre and various chain restaurants to choose from.
If you fancy a more traditional shopping experience, Wellington, which is to the west of the town centre, is home to a market which dates back to 1244. Aside from the market, there are also a number of pubs where you can have a quiet drink during the day.
The nearest major airport to Telford is Birmingham Airport, which is 22 miles southeast of the town centre. It has one main terminal for passengers and serves destinations worldwide as well as domestically.
To get there, simply go onto the M54 then drive eastwards until reaching the M6. Then, when you reach the junction with the M42, go onto that and drive south until you make the junction with the A45. Then, you‚Äôre there.